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Til It Happens to You: Lady Gaga video focuses on campus rape epidemic

Written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke

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Lady Gaga teamed with Diane Warren to record “Til It Happens to You” for The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about the campus rape epidemic facing colleges around the country. On Friday, Lady Gaga released the song’s powerful, disturbing and emotional new video.

“The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally upsetting but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses,” reads a title card before the clip, which features scenes of sexual assault at various familiar college locations — a dorm room, a party — and the aftermath for the victims. (“Believe me,” one woman writes on her arm.) Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) are among the stars of the video, which was written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

According to the video’s YouTube page, a portion of proceeds from “Til It Happens to You” sales will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.

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